Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Baking in MacKenzie-Childs enamelware....

A recent conversation on FB prompted this post.  I am surprised that many Mackenzie-Childs collectors of enamel are unaware that you can bake in most of the pieces, so here is a little info and inspiration for you:

Most enamelware is oven-safe up to at least 500 degrees Fahrenheit (MacKenzie-Childs suggests up to 400° - See below for MacKenzie-Childs specific care for their enamel), but check the manufacturer's care instructions to be sure you do not damage the cookware in the oven. However, if the enamel on your pots and pans has begun to chip, you should replace them.

I bake mini cakes in the MacKenzie-Childs storage containers, pies in their shallow bowls and desserts and eggs in their ice cream bowls:

These are perfect for one serving meals, side dishes or desserts:

The ice cream bowls work well for Brownies (think ice cream melting on top), mini meat loaves or baked French Onion Soup, too!

Here's an easy breakfast recipe:

So, utilize those enamel pieces - they are very versatile!


Mackenzie-Childs Enamelware Care and Use (source)

Please take care with your enamelware—while the surface is strong and durable, it’s not indestructible. Rough handling, banging or dropping a piece may cause the glazed glass surface to chip. As with any enamel product, some scratching and dulling of the surface is likely to occur over time.
Our enamelware exceeds both federal food safety regulations and California’s Proposition 65, the strictest environmental safety standards in the U.S. Handle enamelware with care, and discontinue use for food service if it becomes chipped, cracked, or broken.
  • While most enamelware pieces are dishwasher safe (except those with rattan, wood or knobs), hand-washing and drying will extend the life and lustre of the finish.
  • When washing, use a nonabrasive soap and sponge or nylon pad only. Dry immediately for best results.
  • If marking from silverware should occur, apply a paste of baking soda and water to the area, and rub gently to remove marks. Avoid using sharp knives on enamelware, as they may damage the finish.
  • To remove burnt-on food, use a nylon-covered pad or wooden scraper, or loosen with a solution of baking soda and water.
  • Do not boil tea kettles dry, as this will result in damage to the finish. Boiling the kettle dry may also damage your cooktop.
  • If water is allowed to remain in tea kettles, rusting may occur. To remove rust stains and mineral deposits, fill the kettle with water and add two tablespoons of baking soda and the juice of one half a lemon. Boil for four to five minutes. Rinse and dry.
  • Pieces that do not have rattan, wood, knobs, or other embellishments may be used in an oven, up to a maximum temperature of 400 degrees. Be sure the piece is at room temperature before it is placed in a warm oven.
  • Do not use enamelware in a microwave oven.
  • Wash thoroughly before use.
  • If food surfaces become chipped, discontinue use.
  • Acidic food may dull the surface of the enamel but will not otherwise damage it.

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. I always forget to bake in mine. I love the idea, and will be making some quiche for Mother's Day. (I'll teach Joe LOL).

  2. Crustless quiche looks great -- and so pretty to be able to go oven to table!

  3. Great post Patti, I think most of us are unaware of baking in our enamel ware. The crust less quiche looks super easy.

  4. Yes, we use our enamel ware for baking. It is nice to have pieces that go from oven to table! Your quiche looks delicious, but I can't stop thinking about the brownie idea!

  5. Oh the crustless quiche is perfect in those enamelware bowls! Great info, thanks Patti!

  6. Everything looks better in an MC piece. Stay strong and healthy, Patti.